From Fashionista to Frugalista: Five New Year’s Resolutions


I plan to do things very differently this year, especially when it comes to fashion.

As I journey through the next 363 days of the year, I resolve to be more careful, disciplined and creative with my style decisions.

Why? Well, because I need to–for my sanity and my financial health. Essentially, I’m making the transition from die-hard fashionista to frugalista.

So here is my public declaration of how I plan to enjoy fashion responsibly in 2013.

In short, there will be no more overspending and definitely no more overstocking!

Hoping and praying I can keep this up for the next 12 months! Wish me well.

When spending big, choose timeless over trendy.

Let’s be honest. We will all probably make at least one major expensive fashion purchase this year.

In 2013, I refuse to spend big on high-priced fashion that draws from this season’s trendiest prints, patterns or colors. In other words, no polka dot handbags or floral print footwear.

Instead, I will aim for closet equity, spending on items that have a timeless quality and functionality beyond this year.

Bottom line is, if I can’t see my future children or grandchildren proudly wearing my purchase as an heirloom in decades to come (without being the laughing stock of their friends!), I’m not buying it.

Don’t be afraid to go high-low.

Although I enjoy gawking at luxury brand collections, spending on high-priced items all year round is unrealistic–and a tad excessive.

In 2013, I will boldly pair the high with the low. For example, a thrift shop find with a treasured designer piece.

At the end of the day, it’s not so much about where your clothing is from but how you put them together and make them work.

Mix and match.

In the past, I have been guilty of compartmentalizing my wardrobe.

For example, in some instances, I have decided that Shirt A should only be worn with Skirt B.


Either because I bought them together for a particular occasion, or bought one with the other in mind.

In 2013, there will be no more limiting my outfit possibilities. I will have fun with my wardrobe, mixing and matching fabulously all through the year.

Make room.

I will probably never wear 30 percent of the items in my closets and drawers again.

In years past, I would probably hold on to expired clothing two or more years after they are past due.

In 2013, I plan to take on an extreme de-cluttering project.

I will make time to go through my closet, pull out the items I am likely never to wear again, and give them to people or charitable organizations that will find them useful.

Don’t pay full price.

In 2013, I plan to make coupons and promo codes my new BFFs.

With so many special-offer emails and savings websites around, there is no reason to pay the manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) for any fashion item for any reason.

I’ve already discovered two great sites to help me along: RetailMeNot and CouponCabin. If you happen to know of any others, feel free to drop me a line with your suggestions. I need them!

2 thoughts on “From Fashionista to Frugalista: Five New Year’s Resolutions

  1. OMG get out of my head. i have had a lot of the same thoughts especially with regards to the amount of clothes I own which is beginning to become more of a burden than a benefit. I have to figure out my strategy for 2013 but i need to stop being a fashion system victim!


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